Nana Kwabena Amponsah

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Anticipated graduation year: 2012

Majors: Applied Physics/Engineering

Hometown: Accra, Ghana

Whitworth activities/clubs: Whitworth percussion ensemble, chapel worship team, gospel choir, international club

Favorite music: Jazz, Reggae, Latin music and any kind of music with a good rhythm and bass section

Favorite movie: Eagle Eye

Favorite quote: "Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude." -- Collin Powell

Favorite professor: Dr. Richard Stevens. He is a great professor and is very interested in the success of his students. He is also my engineering advisor and has been extremely helpful in my preparations for engineering school. I always leave his office with renewed motivation to accomplish my academic goals.

Best class: Electronics. It was a very practical class which also involved applying the principles of analog circuit design in building sensors for robots. The best feeling was seeing my robot come to life and successfully perform the task for which it was made.

I like my major because… our world is heavily dependent on engineering technology. I am really excited to join the ranks of individuals who work to further the advancement of science and technology to make life easier and better for mankind.

Research/special projects I'm involved in: I am currently working as an intern for Next IT Corporation . Next IT is a software development company located in Spokane. 

Advice for incoming students: Challenge yourself to be the best you can be. It's not always going to be easy but don't give up on anything (your major, sports, etc.) you really want to do only because it seems too difficult at first. And don't forget to have fun – that's also important.

What I plan to do after graduation: I am enrolled in Whitworth's dual-degree engineering program so I plan to complete my specialization in electrical engineering at one of the partner schools, which include Columbia University and Washington University, in St. Louis. I also intend to obtain a Ph.D. in electrical engineering after completing my undergraduate education.